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The theft on October 4 last of two drums of wire rope and a tarpaulin, of a total value of £46, the property of the United States Government, was admitted by Ernest lan MacLaren (41), a mechanic, who appeared in the Police Court to-day before Mr. J. Morling, S.M.

Senior-Detective Trethewey said the goods were found on MacLaren's property on June 28 by Detective Moore. MacLaren tolcl the detective he had been working at Mechanic's Bay when the Americans were moving out and had been given the rope and tarpaulin by an American serviceman. Mr. Trethewey added that MacLaren must have known the goods were of value and saleable.

In mitigation, Mr. J. F. W. Dickson, for accused, said MacLaren had a tree which he wished to fell. An American who had been to his place sent the goods to his property and they had remained there ever since, no effort being made by MacLaren to dispose of them in any way. "Much valuable material was destroyed and abandoned by the Americans when they were leaving Mechanic's Bay," Mr. Dickson said. "This is the first time MacLaren has ever been in any trouble, but of course he did wrong in receiving the stuff."

"I think he gave way to temptation when in a position which was made easy for him," Mr. Morling said in admitting MacLaren to probation for 12 months.

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POSSESSED U.S. GOODS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 168, 18 July 1945

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POSSESSED U.S. GOODS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 168, 18 July 1945

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